Psychiatrists say that medical authorities across the world need to recognize this addiction to internet or other digital devices as a disorder.

A latest survey done by Experian, a global information services company revealed that Singaporeans spend an average of 38 minutes per session on Facebook, almost twice as long as Americans.

Adrian Wang, a psychiatrist at the Gleneagles Medical Centre in Singapore, says that addiction to digital devices should be classified as a psychiatric disorder.

"Patients come for stress anxiety-related problems but their coping mechanism is to go online, go on to social media," Wang said.

Psychiatrist define digital addiction by symptoms like inability to control craving, anxiety when separated from a smartphone, loss in productivity in studies or at work and the need to constantly check one's phone.


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